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A 31-year-old member asked:

is it normal for one eye to recover more slowly than the other from pink eye/conjunctivitis?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Absolutely: Each eye is a separate organ, and can recover at a different rate. Also, each eye can be infected differently. Also, sometimes viral conjunctivitis can cause a type of inflammation that can last for months, affecting only one eye.
Dr. Harold Ballitch
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Yes: This is quite typical.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the pathogen that causes pink eye (conjunctivitis)?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Virus: There are a number of viruses that can cause pink eye. Adenovirus is the most common one. Less commonly, conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What could I do to determine if I have pink eye/conjunctivitis?

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Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Depends: Pink eye can be from bacteria, virus or allergy with chemical irritation since it defines as inflammation of membranes -conjunctiva.It is best to see doctor for proper med.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have pink eye (conjunctivitis), what happens if I don't get treatment?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not to worry: There are a number of viruses which cause this and the length of infection can be from 5-10 days. There is no specific treatment; just drops for comfort. Almost all clear without treatment.If you are ten days or more out and still have the problem, go back to your ophthalmologist for a second look.

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